"If a tree falls in a forest and there's no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?"

"If a digital resource is in a database but can't be found, is it really there?"

Paul Shabajee, A Fundamental Dilemma for Developers of Multimedia Archives


The theme

LOM is an acronym for Learning Object Metadata which describes the essential characteristics of a Learning Object. This LO will inform you about the problems relating to metadata.

The objectives

When this LO is completed the learner will be able to do the following:

  • describe what a Learning Object is and what it does.
  • recognise the organisations who have supplied the main contributions to the definition of standards relating to LOM, in particular those contributions with pedagogical references.
  • develop an awareness of the criticisms and future developments.

How organised

  • Introduction (2 web pages)
  • Definition of LOM (4 web pages)
  • Reference standard (12 web pages)
  • LOM in the educational context (2 web page)
  • The problem of "vocabularies" and "mapping" (1 web page)
  • Self -evaluation test (6 multiple choise questions)


30 minutes